Can you make beats with just a computer?
Yes! The way we do things has changed a lot, and the only thing you need to make your own beats is a computer and some basic equipment. Musicians have been making music on their computer for decades. These days, anyone can replicate the sound and equipment of a big studio with a computer program.
What is the best software to make beats?
The best software to make beats is whatever software helps you make great beats fast!
As a "beat maker", you MAKE BEATS. As a "music producer", you PRODUCE MUSIC. If you are spending more time arguing about what software is best, than using that software to make beats, you are a "software reviewer".
How can I make my own beats?
For beginners, here's a quick bullet-point guide on how to make your own beats.
- Listen. The most important skill you will ever develop. Listen to the idea in your mind before you even open your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).
- In your DAW of choice, set the tempo and setup an 8-bar (8 measures) pattern to start building your beat.
- Make the drum patterns
- Make the bass line
- Make a "melodic" - Flip a sample or add instruments for a melodic part (does not have to be a full melody)
- Make space! - You might think "leave room" for vocals, but I encourage actively "making space" throughout the beat for vocals using "muting", filtering and other techniques.
- Make an arrangement - Arrange the beat patterns in a way that helps "move" the listener through from start to end..
TaurusBeats Tip: Remember The 5 Elements of Hip-Hop when making your beats as a reminder to keep your beats to 5 elements. Just like Hip Hop has 5 elements (DJ, BBoy, MC, Graffitti, Knowledge), keep your beats to 5 elements (Drums, Bass, Melodic (instrument or sample), Good Spacing, Killer Vocal). Yeah, I made this up. It helps me remember that the best Hip Hop beats stick to the principle of "Less Is More".
Where can I get more beat making tips for beginners?
Right here at TaurusBeats.com.
What Do You Think?
I share my perspective as I continue on my music journey. I know others on the music journey may have different points of view. What's yours?